Kwabena Bediako

University of California, Berkeley, Moore Fellow in Materials Synthesis


Synthesizing new families of two-dimensional and layered materials that enable the discovery of emergent phenomena.

Kwabena Bediako

Research Description

My research program sits at the nexus of solid-state synthesis, inorganic coordination chemistry, van der Waals fabrication, and electrochemistry. The long-term vision for my group is to apply insights from these traditionally distinct fields to design and synthesize uncharted classes of two-dimensional (2D) materials that unlock new directions in the study of collective electronic phenomena. Critical to this goal is our development of tools that can provide key insight into structure–property relationships in complex 2D quantum materials.

I am excited by finding unconventional approaches to making new materials. Finding new routes to making materials is one way to catalyze the discovery of new families of quantum materials that advance our understanding of emergent phenomena and allow us to manipulate exotic electronic phases with greater fidelity. I also see these fundamental advances as vital to developing new technologies that will help to address some of our society’s most urgent interrelated energy and environmental/climate challenges.


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Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Science University of California, Berkeley College of Chemistry Back


Ph.D. Harvard University
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. Calvin College 

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